What I learned Week 1 CFL: The Beast And Shame Of The East?

Week one of the CFL season is in the books and judging by the play and the results there should be a lot of optimism in the East Division. Heck some social media-ites are already calling for an Eastern cross-over this year. Before we get ahead of ourselves let’s take a look at week one:

Hamilton 42 – Toronto 20

The Ti-Cats spoiled the party embarrassing Toronto in their BMO Field home-opener. To be fair the Argos did it up right bringing out some bring name to break in the new digs. The Ti-Cats, however, showed off their execution and mental sharpness in the dominating win. Don’t forget that this team is only going to get better with the return of Zach Collaros from the injured list, likely around Labour Day.

The only thing, in my mind, more embarrassing than the result for the Argos is that they could not sell-out BMO Field for game one. 24,812 took in the game, 188 shy of a sell-out. Could the Boatmen have not given those tickets away to fill the stands or more importantly create a demand for their tickets? It will be interesting to see how many take in game two after a thumping at home in week one.

Montreal 22 – Winnipeg 14

Well the power went out on the Bombers long before the lightning caused a 60 minute delay at Investors Group Field on Friday night. Winnipeg is in win or else mode, and they were definitely else. Free-agent signee Weston Dressler was taken out of the game after a vicious helmet to helmet hit. The loss of Dressler seemed to take the wind out of the offence’s sails. The O-Line could not open any holes for Winnipeg-native (only alluded to in the broadcast 20 times) Andrew Harris and when it came time to thrown the ball the only target that Drew Willy, who was under pressure all night, could find was Ryan Smith.

The Als overcame a red zone turnover early and did just enough to win with Kevin Glenn at the helm. His progression and the entire offence’s will be interesting to watch.

Ottawa 45 – Edmonton 27

Clearly the game of the week! After a bit of a slow start to this one both teams’ offences started to click.
The Eskimos, although not able to move the ball consistently, were able to get some key plays at key times. I wonder aloud, though, is there a more frustrating player than Adarius Bowman? He has the tools to get open just can’t seem to make the big play until late when it’s crunch time which is what you want in a receiver. If he could make those big plays earlier that may be a difference.

Meanwhile, I was wondering who tinkled in Chris Getzlaf’s Cornflakes on Saturday. He was beyond displeased with his post-first-half interview on TSN. He wasn’t targeted much and will not be anywhere near as featured as he was in Regina in the Edmonton scheme.

For Ottawa the REDBLACKS proved that the biggest signing of the off-season was quarterback Trevor Harris. Harris stepped in and lead the REDBLACKS to victory after starter Henry Burris injured his hand and had the offence rolling. The group didn’t miss a beat and Harris was solid.

The moment of the game came when Chris Milo, who was often criticized for not getting the job done in the clutch, came in and kicked a 55-yard game tying field goal at the end of regulation. Reading new Eskimo Head Coach Jason Maas’ lips, “Wow, wow, wow!” That’s an understatement.

Ottawa may have proved that last years’ Grey Cup appearance was no fluke.

B-C 20 – Calgary 18

This game truly looked like a first game of the season with both teams making lots of mistakes and the game came down to who would make the biggest or the last.

Calgary’s Rene Parades, unfortunately, falls into the biggest missing a very makeable field goal that would have tied the game late in regulation. That wasn’t the only head scratcher from the Stamps. The team paid some good money to keep Jerome Messam in the fold and despite a TD plunge Messam was used sparingly.
On the other side of the field BC’s Chris Rainey looked like a star in the making not only with his kick returns but also his route running. His special teams ability made up for his team giving up 3 blocked punts. Meanwhile QB

Jonathon Jenning’s performance seemed uninspired as he kept throwing deep into coverage. I kept asking myself when would Wally go to veteran Travis Lulay. The league’s winningest coach was right to not shatter his confidence early in the season and the team did just enough to make him a winner.

Week 1 Game Ball:

Trevor Harris – Ottawa – The former Argonaut proved that he made not be the future in Ottawa but the right now given the age of Henry Burris. He is going to push for playing time all season. I would bet there are a couple of teams kicking myself that they didn’t look at him.

Week 1 Goat:

Toronto fans! The Argos at BMO Field is your last chance to keep a team in the Big Smoke. BUT at least come educated! The crowd, albeit a large number of Ti-Cat fans, were louder when the Argos had the ball instead of when the defence was on the field.